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Simulation wire approval by a recognized organization

Issue number: MO-2014-002-SI-04
Who it affects: All ships with this type of launch simulation system
Issue owner: Bureau Veritas and the International Association of Classification Societies
Operation affected: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 307-MO-2014-002
Date: 19 May 2015

Safety issue description

The Recognized Organization’s process for the approval of the simulation wires for ‘maintenance and testing’ had not taken into account the shock loading that would be experienced during testing.

Response to safety issue by Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas advised that:

Equipment approval was made by Bureau Veritas on behalf of the French Maritime Authority (MED Equipment). As per Bureau Veritas procedure, Bureau Veritas will transmit the report on this accident to the French Maritime Authority when released.

Response to safety issue by the International Association of Classification Societies
The International Association of Classification Societies advised that, in accordance with its procedures, it had no comment to offer. The response indicated that the Permanent Secretariat would forward its reply to Bureau Veritas for its information.

Recommendation

Action organisation: Bureau Veritas
Action number: MO-2014-002-SR-008
Date: 19 May 2015
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Bureau Veritas takes safety action to address the lack of procedures governing the approval and certification process, so that all aspects of a piece of equipment’s use is considered prior to certifying.

Safety Advisory Notice

Action organisation: Recognized Organizations and the International Association of Classification Societies
Action number: MO-2014-002-SAN-009
Date: 19 May 2015
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that all Recognized Organizations and the International Association of Classification Societies should consider the safety implications when certifying simulation systems that are subject to forces that have not been calculated. Further, the materials and components used to make up the simulation system should be assessed for suitability and safety under all intended conditions of use.

   
Current issue status: Safety action pending
 
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Last update 13 August 2015